Chris Schlueter is BP’s Country Manager for Georgia. He has been with BP over 30 years with prior primary assignments in USA’s Alaska arctic, United Kingdom’s North Sea, Russia’s East and West Siberia, Angola’s deep-water and today Georgia, as well as experience in many other countries. Throughout his career Chris has specialized in engineering, operations, projects and management of large scale oil and gas production and pipeline facilities. Chris is a chemical engineering graduate from the California Institute of Technology.
Born on 10 July 1960 in Kutaisi (Georgia). In 1977 Mr.Badri Japaridze graduated from Kutaisi Secondary school N 29 and was enrolled to Tbilisi State University, the Faculty of Psychology, which graduated with honor in 1982. The same year Mr.Badri Japaridze entered Moscow State University. Faculty of Psychology and in 1985 finished the post-graduate course. In October, 1990 Mr.Badri Japaridze was elected as majority deputy of Oni District in Supreme Council of Georgia and participated in signing the Georgian Declaration of Independence.
From January 1991 to September 1997 Mr.Badri Japaridze was employed as a lecturer in Tbilisi State University, Faculty of Psychology. He has edited 10 scientific works. From 1992 till July 1993 he was employed by JSC “TBC (Tbilisi Business Center) Group” as the Head of Foreign Relations Department .
From 1992 Mr.Badri Japaridze is the founder partner and member of Supervisory Board of JSC “TBC Bank”. From July, 1993 he held the position of Vice-President of “TBC-Group”. Since May 1995 up to now Mr.Badri Japaridze is the Vice-President and founder partner of “Georgian Glass and Mineral Water & Co N. V.”. From September 1996 up to present he is the Vice-Chairman of the Supervisory Board of JSC “TBC Bank”. In 2004 Mr.Badri Japaridze was elected as the Member of the Board of Directors of American Chamber of Commerce in Georgia.
Nick Gvinadze is the Managing Partner of Gvinadze & Partners, a leading Georgian business law firm. With over two decades in busy private practice, he has accumulated abundant experience in the whole spectrum of both Georgian and cross-border commercial law, with particular focus on energy, infrastructure, tax and dispute resolution.
Nick has advised on a number of key foreign investment projects in Georgia, including major oil and gas transportation projects in the Caspian region, and has acted in a number of higher profile proceedings in the Georgian Courts as well as in international arbitration.
Before re-launching Gvinadze & Partners in 2010, Nick was a partner at DLA Piper Gvinadze & Partners LP, headed Ernst & Young’s legal practice in Georgia, was a partner at GCG Law Office (a leading Georgian law firm in the 1990’s), served as an attorney to the Financial Department of the Georgian Parliament, and acted as local counsel to an international law firm in the UK. He is also the former Chairman of the Arbitration Court of the Georgian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, where he authored the Court’s Arbitration Rules. Nick has also sat on the Board of Transparency International Georgia, Grants Commission of the Open Society Georgia Foundation, as well as on the Investment Support Council at the Georgian Parliament. Over the years, Nick has lectured extensively on various aspects of Georgian and International Business Law at various leading educational institutions in Georgia. Nick is also a Member of the International Court of Arbitration at the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) based in Paris, Co-Chairman of the British-Georgian Law Association (BGLA), and sits on the Boards of the EU-Georgia Business Council (EUGBC) and the Georgian-Swiss Business Association (GSBA). Nick is a founding member of the Georgian Bar Association (GBA) as well as Georgian Young Lawyers Association (GYLA), and is also a member of the International Bar Association (IBA) and the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA).
Nick has received a Diploma in Jurisprudence with high honors from Tbilisi State University, a Diploma from the Centre for Commercial Law Studies at the University of London, as well as an LL.M in International Business Law from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Nick is fluent in his native Georgian, as well as in English and Russian.
Born on 14 July 1974 (Georgia). Mr. George Chirakadze graduated Tbilisi State University, Physics BD (1991-1995) & CERMA Business School, Executive MBA (2003-2006). George also studied in University of Oxford, University College while attending Astronomy & Physics Training (1989-1992).
From 1992-1995 he was a Vice President of Young Scientists Club of Georgia (YSC). In 1992-1997 he was a President of Young Scientists International Association (YSIA).
In 1997-2001 he has established United Global Technologies (UGT) – now leading IT Company in Georgia and Caucasus Region. From 2001 up to present he is President & CEO of United Global Technologies (UGT). Mr. George Chirakadze has over 10 years experience of running different commercial and non profit organizations as an Executive Manager. More then 5 years experience as a Chairman of the Board of Directors.
In 2004 David graduated from Williams College, London CA General English Language – Advanced. During 1991-1997 he studied at the Tbilisi State University, Tbilisi BSc Finance – Finance & Credit Management. In 1991-1992 he completed Economic Institute of Gori, Gori Faculty – Accounting, Control & Audit.
At present David is Treasury Manager of VTel Georgia. From 2007 to 2008 he was Finance Manager at BMI (British Midland International) in Georgia. During 2003 –2007 worked as Finance Manager at British Mediterranean Airways in Georgia. From 1998 to 2003 he was Finance & Administration Officer at British Airways Georgia. During 1997–1998 worked as Ground Operations Supervisor at VDIS Georgia. David is fluent in Georgian, Russian and English.
The knowledgeable and experienced manager with a solid background in finance, accounting and tax management developed through working in energy, communication and airline businesses, including the UK’s flagship carrier; an effective motivator and team player with well-developed interpersonal and leadership skills.
Resilient character complemented with a proven ability to deliver results on time and within budget. Always willing to learn more and open to challenges.
Lasha Gogiberidze is a founding partner of BGI Advisory Services Georgia and the Senior Partner of BGI Legal. Previously, Lasha worked at Ernst & Young’s Georgian office and Georgian Consulting Group. Over the past 20 years he has been involved in almost every flagship transactions with the total deal book value exceeding 20 billion dollars .Lasha graduated from Tbilisi State University, has a LL.M. from the University of Illinois, and is licensed to practice law in NY state. (more…)
Otar is Managing Partner of Dentons Tbilisi Office. He leads the Firm’s dispute resolution practice in Georgia, having extensive experience in litigation, energy, banking and finance and corporate law. Otar has advised on a number of key projects in Georgia, including major oil and gas transportation projects, and has a track record of successful resolution of numerous disputes in Georgian courts at various levels. (more…)